With last night's Warlords of Draenor release date announcement, World of Warcraft fans know when to use up all their remaining holiday days. But what will they be doing as they shirk off the responsibilities of dumb reality? Blizzard's "In Action" trailer gives us a taste, via a brief look at the expansion's new areas, Garrisons, PvP zones and more.
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Blizzard has announced it will announce the release date for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor next week. That's the modern world of blockbuster video games for you: announcements for announcements are announced.
World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion will feature a major graphics overhaul for the almost-10 year old MMO. Blizzard have been slowly teasing the new character models of Warlords of Draenor; most recently with a new look at the male Draenei. As you can see from the new screenshots, the model has had a pretty subtle redesign – most noticeably gaining HD head ridges.
When World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor expansion finally completes its march to reshape Azeroth as we know it, we'll have a new level cap of 100. Blizzard has already introduced some services to prep new, returning, and current players alike for the next adventure—the most noticeable being a $60/£35 (or free on pre-order) boost to level 90 for a selected character. For fresh heroes, that's a nice jumpstart for Warlords' content—unless you've no idea how Shamans shoot lightning out of their hands or where to even begin with your magical zombie Mage.
The winds of change soon arrive upon Azeroth. By custom, Blizzard introduces major system updates ahead of an expansion's release, and the sweeping overhauls of the pending Warlords of Draenor are the vanguard of the upcoming patch 6.0. In an official post, Blizzard described what the patch brings for Alliance and Horde players, including the much-publicized slimming down of stats and a reworking of raid difficulty tiers.
Blizzard's powerful Text Wall spell hit the Warlords of Draenor website late last week, conjuring a tome-sized post previewing planned class, ability, and content updates for the alpha version of World of Warcraft's fifth expansion. I would pull out the "too long, didn't read" excuse, but that got nerfed 10 press releases ago.
Blizzard announced you can now purchase a level 90 character boost in World of Warcraft for $60, confirming the price that leaked out last month. It’s the same boost you’ll get with a purchase of the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, which Blizzard will sell for $50 (Standard Edition) or $70 (Digital Deluxe Edition).
Back in November 2013, Blizzard announced that World of Warcraft players who buy the Warlords of Draenor expansion will get to boost one character to level 90 for free. It said that it would sell the same boost after the first freebie, but didn't name a price. Following a recent update, several users reported they saw the service offered for $60.
Somehow it makes sense that when Blizzard releases a trailer for a new World of Warcraft expansion with massive orc cannons mounted on the back of a giant cyclops, people get a little excited. But maintaining enthusiasm for the nine-year-old game might also mean getting new content out at a quicker pace—even as often as once a year—according to new comments by WoW lead systems designer Greg Street.
The fifth expansion for World of Warcraft has been announced. Warlords of Draenor will take players to the orcish homeland before its destruction at the end of Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. Through the meddling of the time-traveling Bronze Dragonflight, former warchief Garrosh Hellscream has created an alternate timeline beyond the portal in which the orcs never sided with the Burning Legion, and are now united into a new, Iron Horde.
Wait, what? Just hang onto your epic helm. We'll get to that. First, here are the major features.